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epidemic
29
Mar

Safely Prescribing Opioid Painkillers

Over the last couple weeks and beyond, we have covered a number of topics regarding the American opioid addiction epidemic. Anything from fatal overdoses involving opioids and benzodiazepines to whom (e.g. doctors, pharmaceutical companies and wholesalers) should be held to account for their role in the epidemic we face. Until the time comes when there...
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15
Sep

Giving Naloxone to Opioid Patients

It could be argued that naloxone is one of the most important medications of our time, given that it has the power to reverse a potentially fatal opioid overdose. With over 70 opioid overdoses per day, most of which are the result of prescription painkillers, the need for expanded naloxone access cannot be overemphasized. More...
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07
Jun

Heroin Crisis in America

The problem we face in the United States with heroin is a byproduct of over a decade of prescription opioid abuse. If you have been tuned in with major media, it would be hard to miss the ever growing reports of heroin abuse happening in major cities and the rural heartland of America. Most of...
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28
May

West Virginia Sues Opioid Distributors

Culpability is a word that is used often when discussing the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic that has left millions of people in the grips of addiction, and steals as many as 44,000 American lives each year. The two main targets are pharmaceutical companies and doctors, simply put—drug makers and drug dealers. While it is...
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16
Feb

Study Debunks Claim that Addiction Treatment Centers are Unsafe for Communities

In the United States we a have been faced with over a decade long opioid epidemic, first with prescription painkillers and now skyrocketing heroin use rates. Every day, over forty people succumb to opioid overdoses, which has resulted in demands for greater access to the life saving opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. While efforts to...
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09
Feb

FDA Announces Measures to Combat Opioid Epidemic

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been under fire in recent years regarding the prescription opioid epidemic, which many believe the agency had a hand in creating and that their response has been thus far inadequate. After coming under fire by Congress, last week the FDA has announced a number measures for combating...
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02
Feb

Parents of Opioid Overdose Death Victims Speak to CDC

The American opioid epidemic has had a devastating impact on families across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 44 people lose their life everyday from an opioid overdose. When a people die from an overdose, they are survived by countless loved ones. While both federal and local government agencies...
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17
Sep

FDA Advisory Panel Approves New Oxycodone Drug

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 46 people lose their lives as the result of opioid overdoses every day. Despite the staggering death toll linked to prescription opioids, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to approve medicines that would seem contrary to the public’s welfare. The FDA approved Zohydro ®,...
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09
Sep

FDA Approves OxyContin for Children

When people think of the prescription opioid epidemic that has been plaguing this country for some time now, often the first drug that comes to mind in OxyContin ® (oxycodone). The drug is quite effective at combating severe chronic pain and was widely prescribed by many primary care physicians since the late 1990s. Unfortunately, while...
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12
Jun

Naloxone Proves Crucial Against Opioid Overdoses Once Again

Across America, from small towns to major cities, there is hardly a place that hasn’t felt the sting of the opioid epidemic ravaging families in every demographic. Sadly, efforts to combat prescription drug abuse have led addicts to turn to heroin – a drug that is less expensive and more powerful. Heroin can be found...
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